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Jamesville man facing child porn charges

By Jon Erickson
Published On: Sep 05 2012 10:52:59 AM CDT
Updated On: Sep 06 2012 04:27:13 AM CDT

Editor's note: This story includes graphic information that may be disturbing to some readers. NewsChannel 12 is withholding many more details of this case because of their overly-graphic nature.

JAMESVILLE - A Martin County man is accused of being involved with producing pornography involving toddlers.

Meredith Cliff Cook Jr., of 2145 Grey Farm Road in Jamesville, had pornographic images of boys and girls as young as 5 months old, according to federal investigators.

Some of the images showed babies in bondage situations involving sheets and ropes.   After executing a federal search warrant, investigators found videos they said were produced in Cook’s home depicting a baby in several pornographic situations, according to the criminal complaint against Cook.

NewsChannel 12 spoke with the grandmother of the baby.

The baby was about 15 months old at the time of the alleged incidents.

"I was devastated," after finding out, the grandmother said.

NewsChannel 12 is not identifying the grandmother to protect the victim's identity.

The alleged incidents involving the baby happened in July of last year.

"I'm hoping she forgets" the incidents, the grandmother said.

One day after FBI agents first made contact with Cook, they found him at his home with approximately $24,000 in cash, travel snack food, clothing, and personal items, according to investigators.

Cook was arrested, originally on state charges.

The federal criminal complaint, filed last week, charges Cook with manufacturing of child pornography, receipt or distribution of child pornography, and possession of child pornography.

Investigators said they found 1.4 million still images and more than 1,000 video files on Cook's computers.

Cook remains incarcerated on the federal charges and could not be reached for comment.